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PAGE 29 I. CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES lifeblood. We are dependent upon her for our shelter and our sustenance. Our lifeways are the original “green economies.” We have our place and our responsibilities within Creation’s sacred order. We feel the sustaining joy as things occur in harmony. We feel the pain of disharmony when we witness the dishonor of the natural order of Creation and the degradation of Mother Earth and her companion Moon. We need to stop the disturbance of the sacred sites on Mother Earth that she may heal and restore the balance in Creation. We ask the world community to join with the Indigenous Peoples to pray on summer solstice for the healing of all the sacred sites on Mother Earth. The well-being of the natural environment predicts the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual longevity of our Peoples and the Circle of Life. Mother Earth’s health and that of our Indigenous Peoples are intrinsically intertwined. Unless our homelands are in a state of good health, our Peoples will not be truly healthy. This inseparable relationship must be respected for the sake of our future generations. In this Declaration, we invite humanity to join with us to improve our collective human behavior so that we may develop a more sustainable world: A world where the inextricable relationship of biological and environmental diversity and cultural diversity is affirmed and protected. We have the power and responsibility to change. We can preserve, protect, and fulfill our sacred duties to live with respect in this wonderful Creation. However , we can also forget our responsibilities, disrespect Creation, cause disharmony, and imperil our future and the future of others. At Mystic Lake, we reviewed the reports of indigenous science, traditional knowledge, and cultural scholarship in cooperation with non-native scientists and scholars. We shared our fears, concerns, and insights. If current trends continue, native trees will no longer find habitable locations in our forests, fish will no longer find their streams livable, and humanity will find their homelands flooded or drought stricken due to the changing weather. Our Native Nations have already suffered disproportionately the negative compounding effects of global warming and a changing climate. The U.S. and other industrialized countries have an addiction to the high consumption of energy. Mother Earth and her natural resources cannot sustain the consumption and production needs of this modern industrialized society and its dominant economic paradigm, which places value on the rapid economic growth, the quest for corporate and individual accumulation of wealth, and a race to exploit natural resources. The to adapt to, or mitigate for, climate change effects within the territorial jurisdiction of tribal governing bodies. The IIPFCC affirms our global unity and solidarity to realize the enjoyment of our collective rights and the recognition of our vision, indigenous knowledge, and our contributions in solving the climate change crisis. THE MYSTIC LAKE DECLARATION From the Native Peoples Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop II: Indigenous Perspectives and Solutions At Mystic Lake on the Homelands of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Prior Lake, Minnesota, November 21, 2009 As community members, youth and elders, spiritual and traditional leaders, Native organizations and supporters of our Indigenous Nations, we have gathered on November 18–21, 2009, at Mystic Lake in the traditional homelands of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Oyate. This Second Native Peoples Native Homelands Climate Workshop builds upon the Albuquerque Declaration [see the following document] and work done at the 1998 Native Peoples Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We choose to work together to fulfill our sacred duties, listening to the teachings of our elders and the voices of our youth, to act wisely to carry out our responsibilities to enhance the health and respect the sacredness of Mother Earth, and to demand Climate Justice now. We acknowledge that to deal effectively with global climate change and global warming issues, all sovereigns must work together to adapt and take action on real solutions that will ensure our collective existence. We hereby declare, affirm, and assert our inalienable rights as well as responsibilities as members of sovereign Native Nations. In doing so, we expect to be active participants with full representation in United States and international legally binding treaty agreements regarding climate, energy, biodiversity, food sovereignty , water, and sustainable development policies affecting our peoples and our respective Homelands on Turtle Island (North America) and [the] Pacific Islands. We are of the Earth. The Earth is the source of life to be protected...


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